August 11, 2009, 12:18 PM —
We all remember the episode of the original Star Trek series in which the U.S.S. Enterprise is fitted with a revolutionary new computer that aims to make the ship's biological crew obsolete. The ensuing action is predictable: Computer goes crazy, uses Enterprise to attack friendly vessels, Captain Kirk convinces it to self-destruct using logical paradoxes, etc.
So far, no real-life computer has come close to such a disastrous end. But vehicles large and small throughout history have included machines that aided in their navigation.
Picture from the Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer"
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